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SelfPub 005: Mark Merkley and Facing Fear

Episode Overview:

In this episode, we examine what fear is and how it inhibits our abilities to speak to customers. We discuss ways to improve confidence and overcome fear when trying to sell our product. Mark Merkley, Weber State University public speaking professor, shares his insight and tips to find confidence.

EPISODE LINKS:

Feel the Fear. . . and Do It Anyway

THIS EPISODE DISCUSSES:

  • Speaking in public
  • Understanding how setting goals can boost confidence.
  • Discussion on Fear and building confidence with Mark Merkley
  • Using public readings to build confidence in speaking publicly

REMINDER: You can get published. Our friends at Four Doors Publishing will completely publish one listener’s work. For details and deadlines, see here.

SelfPub with DF 004: Listener Emails

Episode Overview:

This episode answers some of our listeners’ emails. Your email may be read on this episode. Thank you for your great questions and comments, everyone!

EPISODE LINKS:

Writer’s Market

THIS EPISODE DISCUSSES:

  • The one book every author should have
  • Selling books on physical bookstore shelves
  • Protecting your work (myth vs. fact)
  • When a publishing package costs too much
  • Who to listen to for advice
  • The role of the ISBN
  • The trap of free books

REMINDER: You can get published. Our friends at Four Doors Publishing will completely publish one listener’s work. For details and deadlines, see here.

SelfPub with DF 003: C. David Belt

EPISODE OVERVIEW:

This episode examines some effective and ineffective self-marketing approaches to sell your books. Our guest is C. David Belt, author of The Children of Lilith series. He shares his experience and approaches that he has developed in promoting his own work. This is a valuable interview that offers some unique tactics.

LINKS TO OUR GUEST’S WORK:

Home:  www.unwillingchild.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/unwillingchild

The Unwilling: http://www.amazon.com/The-Unwilling-C-David-Belt/dp/1427695806/

The Penitent: http://www.amazon.com/Penitent-C-David-Belt/dp/1427695814/

The Prophecy:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Prophecy-C-David-Belt/dp/1427696195/

C. David Belt’s work is available in many formats and through various stores such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords etc. I’ve included a few of the links here, but I encourage you to visit his homepage to choose from its various formats.

THIS EPISODE DISCUSSES:

  • Book marketing approaches, particularly the author’s role.
  • Interview with C. David Belt
  • Discussion on marketing materials
  • Announcement for contest to publish your book. See the details here.